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Population growth is an alarming issue: Minister

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By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) of the Population Welfare Department (PWD), in collaboration with the Health Policy Plus (HP+) project, conducted a Training of Trainers on Male Engagement in Family Planning from October 9-11, 2017. A similar workshop for a second group will be conducted from October 11-13, 2017. The CIP-PWD signed MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) with all the NGOs and CBOs who participated in the workshop to implement this training in their own Union Councils. The Minister for Population Welfare, Mir Mumtaz Hussan Jakhrani, Secretary, Population Welfare Department, Laeeq Ahmed, Technical Advisor, Costed Implementation Plan, Dr. Talib Lashari, and other senior members of the Population Welfare Department and HP+ were present at the signing ceremony. Jakhrani congratulated the leadership of the CIP and PWD for partnering with NGOs and CBOs to expand outreach of family planning services. He said that population growth is an alarming issue in the country and said that there was need to create awareness about the health benefits of family planning. Laeeq Ahmed, Secretary PWD, said that rapid population growth is a critical problem of our country, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is directly linked to slowing population growth. He gave the example of how, 5,000 years ago, the Indus Valley Civilization had underground drains and now, due to the large population and lack of development, in this age of technology, many areas of Sindh had open drains. He discussed the initiatives of the Sindh government in addressing this issue, primarily the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP), a roadmap to achieving Pakistan’s FP2020 goals, which is also the first CIP in the country.

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